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US Open 2013 Day 7: Serena swats aside Sloane assault

Serena Williams at the US Open 2013
by Alexandra Willis at Flushing Meadows
Monday 2 September 2013

Wimbledon.com's highlights from the seventh day of play at the 2013 US Open in Flushing Meadows, New York...

Big win

Serena Williams d. Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-1
Not necessarily big in terms of the score but more the occasion as Serena put the kibosh on a repeat upset from Sloane, who had so famously beaten her in the fourth round earlier this year. Serena was emphatic in her execution as she survived a nervy and tight first set before running away with the second, with both players admitting that she had performed far too well to make it more of a contest.

Stanislas Wawrinka d. Marcos Baghdatis 6-3, 6-2, 6-7(1), 7-6(7)
The Swiss No.2 won the battle of the beards despite briefly looking like it might go five, as Baghdatis came from behind in his usual exuberant fashion. The Cypriot lead by a break in the fourth set and seemed likely to push it to five, only for Wawrinka to fight back and snatch it on a tie-break.

The upsets

Ekaterina Makarova d. Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-4
The Russian's giant-killing run continues. She was impeccable in her 6-4, 6-4 win over the former Wimbledon finalist, the highest seed to fall so far. And, she had recovered from 0-4 in the opening set too. But her aggression won out against Radwanska's craft and guile.  

Carla Suarez Navarro d. Angelique Kerber 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3)
When you've been to the semi-finals on these courts, you probably, and rightly, think that you have a chance at a repeat performance, especially against an unseeded player. But Kerber, the eighth seed, might have reckoned without the tactical nous of Suarez Navarro, who most famously once upset Venus Williams at the Australian Open. Kerber seemed to have the win on her racket in the late stages of the third set, only for the Spaniard to come back and snatch it in the tie-break.

Houdini act

Bob & Mike Bryan d. Daniel Nestor & Vasek Pospisil 6-7(1), 7-5, 6-2
Trailing a set and a break to one of their oldest rivals and his more junior partner, it looked like it might be the end of the calendar Slam road for Bob & Mike Bryan. But they found something from somewhere, switching return sides for the first time in three years, and came back to beat the Canadians to win their 27th straight Grand Slam match. They are into the quarter-finals where they will face British duo Colin Fleming & Jonny Marray. Three wins to go.

Golden oldies
Lleyton Hewitt reached his 31st Grand Slam fourth round with a four-set win over Evgeny Donskoy. Hewitt, following up his epic performance to beat Del Potro, seems like himself of 10 years ago. His next opponent is another veteran type, Mikhail Youzhny, who beat an even older gent, Tommy Haas, in four sets to reach the last 16.

Marathon match
Marcel Granollers's 6-4, 4-6, 0-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over last American man standing Tim Smyczek.. Welcome to the party.

Denis Istomin also reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the second time, beating Andreas Seppi in five torturous sets.

While Jamie Murray & John Peers reached their first major quarter-final of their partnership.

Cruising through
Tomas Berdych, Colin Fleming & Jonny Marray, Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Li Na, Sara Errani & Roberta Vinci, Ash Barty & Casey Dellacqua, Sania Mirza & Zheng Jie

Quote of the day
 “You have to be on the same page, for sure. Definitely have to get a few steps to lift off to get enough height. And it does help that you're the same size, because if I'm chest bumping you [and] I'm breaking your nose every time, it's going to be a disaster.  You've got to do it on a great point or at the end of a match, because it doesn't look good when it's a crowd just of, you know, crickets.”
Bob Bryan reveals how to chest bump

Stat of the day
At least one USA woman has reached the US Open quarter-finals every year since 1994

Another stat
38,120, the record attendance during the day session today

Spotted
Kevin Spacey, a big Andy Murray fan.  

Come back tomorrow for

ARTHUR ASHE
11am - Alison Riske v Daniela Hantuchova
FB - Ana Ivanovic [13] v Victoria Azarenka [2]
FB - Roger Federer [7]v Tommy Robredo [19]

7pm - Philipp Kohlschreiber [22] v Rafael Nadal [2]
FB - Bob & Mike Bryan [1] v Colin Fleming & Jonathan Marray [12]

LOUIS ARMSTRONG
11am - Simona Halep [21] v Flavia Pennetta
FB - Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova & Lucia Safarova [11] v Venus & Serena Williams
FB - Richard Gasquet [8] v Milos Raonic [10]

GRANDSTAND
11am - Camila Giorgi v Roberta Vinci
FB - Janko Tipsarevic [18] v David Ferrer [4]
FB - Doubles

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